Feds charge six militia members in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, court records show. The federal government has charged six people with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to newly unsealed court records. The FBI became aware early in 2020, through social media, that a militia group was "Discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components," and "Agreed to take violent action," according to a sworn affidavit. Source 6z.
2 men acquitted of conspiracy in failed attempt to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; jury deadlocks on 2 others. In a case that highlighted the growth of violent extremism in the U.S., the jury spent three weeks listening to testimony about how four like-minded men bonded over social media, vented about the government controlling their lives, and then came together through a group called the Wolverine Watchmen — a self-proclaimed Michigan militia that wanted to spark a second Civil War, and use the Whitmer kidnap as a starting point. Source 9r.